With the graduation of senior linebackers Jeff Smart, Marcus Burton, Bryan Stengel and Shaun Mohler, the Colorado linebacker corp thinned out a little from a year ago. To try and find some quick depth, the Buffs received a verbal commitment from junior college linebacker Evan Harrington, according to rivals.com's free player page. Harrington, most recently playing football at College of the Canyons Junior College in California, is listed at 6'0" 220 pounds. He is not rated by any of the recruiting services. Harrington had an offer from Utah State and interest from Nevada and UTEP. Colorado has been his favorite for a while now and officially visited Colorado this weekend where presumably he received a scholarship offer.
At College of the Canyons, Harrington was second team all conference in 2009. This past season, Harrington led the team with 5.5 sacks and recorded 8.5 tackles for loss. Before going the junior college route, Harrington attended Bowie High School in Maryland where he was named honorable mention in the Big School division as a linebacker. Back in high school as a junior, he was timed at the junior combine running a 4.62 forty and was listed at 5-11.25. At the State College NIKE Training Camp in State College PA, Harrington was one the stronger participants, bench pressing 185 pounds 22 times. He was listed as a defensive back at the event. Harrington also played running back in high school.
Harrington is Colorado's fifteenth commitment of the 2010 cycle. Colorado is expected to sign between 20 - 22 players. Their is about a month left before signing day. QB Nick Hirschman and OL Eric Richter, another junior college transfer, are currently believed to be in Boulder for the spring semester.